Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 10

Situation Report
Originally published


This situation report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator's Office, Myanmar, UN agencies, UNDAC, regional humanitarian partners and media sources.


1. Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008, making landfall in Ayeyarwady Division and directly hitting the country's largest city, Yangon. 40 townships in Yangon Division and 7 townships in Ayeyarwady Division remain on the Government's list of disaster areas.

2. Assessment teams have reported major damage in affected areas, particularly the low-lying delta region, where the Cyclone's impact was compounded by a storm surge. The official death toll now stands at 34,273, with 27,836 missing. Unofficial estimates are considerably higher. Based on the original Government figure of 975,858 persons affected three days after the disaster in the eight most seriously hit townships, the UN now estimates that between 1.6 and 2.5 million people are severely affected.

3. 22 agencies were undertaking assessments in 58 townships as of 13 May 2008. Priority townships for further assessments (where gaps in information have been identified) are Dedaye, Pyapon, Kyaiklat, Mawlamyinegyun, Wakema, and the southern part of Bogale. These same areas are also currently assessed as underserved by relief responses.

4. Food, shelter, medical supplies and water are all critical needs. The early rehabilitation of the agricultural sector has also been identified as being crucial, as the affected area is central to Myanmar's rice industry. People have been migrating outwards from the most affected areas in search of basic necessities. Early estimates suggest that temporary settlements may now be sheltering over 550,000 people in Ayeyarwady and Yangon Divisions. Damaged infrastructure and communications, as well as flooding, pose serious logistical challenges for relief efforts. Weather reports for affected areas in the coming days continue to be unfavourable, with heavy rainfall predicted.

5. Flights carrying relief items have been getting in to the country, and the Government and humanitarian partners are reaching an increasing number of affected persons. However, the levels of aid getting in to the country remain far below what is required to meet the needs on the ground. There is also concern that a logistical bottleneck may be developing in Yangon.


6. No updates.

For more information please contact:

UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
Tel. +95 (0)1 542910, +95 (0)1 542917
+95 (0)1 544187, Ext. 107

Contact for local media inquiries:
United Nations Information Centres
Mr. Aye Win
Tel. +95 (0)1 577057
Tel. (cell) +95 (0)9 5123 952

International relief focal point:
Mr. Winston Chang
Tel. +4179 469 8589

General enquiries:
OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Norwin Schafferer
Tel. +66 81174 8335

OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Sebastian Rhodes Stampa
Tel. +66 89204 2721

Asia and Pacific Desk
Agnes Asekenye-Oonyu
Mob: +1 917 476 6164
Tel: +1 212-963-1773

Myanmar Desk
(NY) Mr. Ivan Lupis
Tel. +1 917 367 2056
Bberry +1 917 640 3819

Press Contact in NY:
Stephanie Bunker
Tel: +1 917 476 6164

Press Contact in Geneva:
Elizabeth Byrs
Tel: +41 22 917 26 53

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